Interview with Mentie Meade, June 12, 1987

Project: Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Meade shares her story of working in Pikeville Methodist Hospital and her role in the strike. Meade worked in both the hospital kitchen and cafeteria and explains the grievances that came from the kitchen department. She then describes early unionizing efforts and recalls signing her own union card and encouraging other workers to do the same. Meade shares stories of standing on the picket line at the hospital as well as outside of Methodist churches in Kentucky. Meade discusses managing a household during the strike and gives personal details about her childhood and history with unions.

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1988oh004_ws100

Interviewee Name

Mentie Meade

Interviewer Name

Sally Ward Maggard

Interview Date

1987-06-12

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Meade, Mentie Interview by Sally Ward Maggard. 12 Jun. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Meade, M. (1987, June 12). Interview by S. W. Maggard. Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Meade, Mentie, interview by Sally Ward Maggard. June 12, 1987, Women and Collective Protest Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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